Green chemistry in higher education

We want to help professors and departments integrate green chemistry concepts into their curriculum and academic research. Green chemistry has value far beyond just chemistry programs — students in business, environmental science, public health, and other disciplines will also benefit from understanding green chemistry concepts.

Our goal is to:

  • Help educators replace traditional lab chemicals with safer alternatives and develop new experiments that illustrate green chemistry concepts.
  • Work with industry to show the value of recruiting job applicants and interns with green chemistry education.
  • Connect professors interested in green chemistry to industry experts, and provide case studies.
  • Provide information on conferences and other learning events for students and professors.
  • Share stories and examples of green chemistry in higher education in Washington.

Green chemistry webinars for educators

Sign the Green Chemistry Commitment

Join the growing number of college and university chemistry departments (including Green River College and Pacific Lutheran University) signing the Green Chemistry Commitment. Institutions that sign the commitment agree to progressively incorporate green chemistry theory and practice into their chemistry programs. The Green Chemistry Commitment unites colleges and universities to build support for green chemistry in education. The site also offers lab exercises, case studies, and toxicology resources.

Green chemistry policy statement

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) has developed a policy statement that declares a need for universities and colleges to ensure that science and engineering students understand concepts like toxicity, lifecycle impacts, and market drivers for hazardous waste generation. Ecology has signed this policy statement along with other companies, such as Dow Chemical Company, Hewlett-Packard, and Nike.

More resources for faculty